Hyundai Motor America says it will appeal a $248 million verdict awarded to the families of two boys killed in 2011 in a crash involving a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon the Plaintiffs contended was defective. Jurors in Lake County, Mont., returned the verdict on May 13, following a two-week trial. Tanner Olson, 14, and his 19-year-old cousin, Trevor Olson, were killed when the Tiburon they were riding in was involved in a crash. The car was being driven by Trevor Olson.
The jurors awarded the families of the two boys a total of approximately $8 million in damages for their losses. The jury found that Hyundai Motor Co., and its U.S. subsidiary, Hyundai Motor America, had acted with “actual malice.” The jurors then ordered Hyundai and its U.S. unit to pay an additional $240 million in punitive damages. The families alleged that a component of the Hyundai known as the steering knuckle was defective, and blamed it for causing the crash that killed both boys. It was alleged that the part spontaneously cracked, causing the Hyundai to swerve into another car. Hyundai maintained that it was not to blame. A woman in the other car involved in the crash died as well, but her death was not involved in the lawsuit.
A Hyundai spokesman, Chris Hosford, said the company will appeal the verdict. The case is Olson v. Hyundai Motor Co., Monathan Twentieth Judicial District Court – Lake County. John E. Boyer and Mark S. Williams, both lawyers from Montana, represented the Plaintiffs in the case and they did a very good job.
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